Philippines’ one million-plus mom-and-pop stores—called sari-sari stores—carry the potential for a major distribution channel. Yet, not many companies have dared to solve the ugliest, but most important aspect of the sari-sari business: inventory procurement. “Restocking is the most inconvenient thing,” sari-sari store owner Corazon Alberto, 52, tells The Ken. “You’d have to close your store…

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Jum Balea

Jum is a Manila-based reporter for The Ken, where she covers startups and business across Southeast Asia, with a focus on the Philippines. She previously was editor for Tech In Asia, and business editor for Philippine media companies Rappler and ABS-CBN.

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